August 6, 2011 Subject:
"The show will go on!"
A second-feature musical centered on a theatrical rooming house for women. To say the plot is loaded with Hollywood musicals clichés would be an understatement. I don't think they missed a single one. This PRC offering may be a mini-musical, but it does have 11/2 production numbers. The songs are less than memorable. Good singer and adequate actress Frances Langford stars, strongly supported by Iris Adrian. The large cast also features Edward Norris, Alec Craig and mystery girl Judy Clark (a cute blond with a few lines and one dance appearance).
Good production values and competent direction. "Career Girl" isn't a landmark musical, but it is entertaining, especially if you’re a Frances Langford fan and enjoy counting clichés. Two minutes are missing, which leaves one cliché unresolved. The image quality is okay. The audio is a bit distorted.
CAST NOTES: Iris Adrian in a long career specialized in playing tough babes, usually in comedies. Between 1928 and 1986 she appeared in 130 films and dozens of episodes of 27 TV series. She can be seen here at IA in "Lady of Burlesque," "Murder at Glen Athol," "Submarine Base" and "Bluebeard." There probably are more.
Vivacious singer/dancer/actress Judy Clark is a minor mystery. Although she has lines and a dance appearance in "Career Girl," Judy is missing from IMDB's complete cast list. Nor is "Career Girl" listed in her IMDB filmography. (rare omissions) She appeared in 26 films with at least two starring roles, plus 3 TV productions. Yet repeated searches have failed to turn up any of her biographical info, other than she appeared in a print shampoo ad. She is here at IA in "The Kid Sister" (title role) and "South of Santa Fe" (supporting role and singer, uncredited) There could be more.